Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

-Issy’s Book Club


“Living everyday in the presence of those who refuse to acknowledge your humanity takes great courage”

Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, prejudice, and tradition.

I enjoyed the multi-generation storytelling that Min Jin Lee uses to tell this story (in a similar way to Wild Swans) of an immigrant korean family displaced by war to Japan in the 20th century as they try to make enough to live whilst providing opportunity for their children hoping that they will have a better life.

It is a well told and engaging (though warning: it’s pretty sad most of the way through) novel, the historical context of this book was also interesting and prompted me to read more about Koreans living in Japan in the 20th Century, as well as having to google and watch some youtube videos on what Panchinko is!

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